Echoes of Betrayal

Echoes of Betrayal

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The action continues fast and furious in this third installment of Elizabeth Moon's celebrated return to the fantasy world of the paladin Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter. This award-winning author has firsthand military experience and an imagination that knows no bounds. Combine those qualities with an ability to craft flesh-and-blood characters, and the result is the kind of speculative fiction that engages both heart and mind.

All is not well in the Eight Kingdoms. In Lyonya, King Kieri is about to celebrate marriage to his beloved, the half-elf Arian. But uncanny whispers from the spirits of his ancestors continue to warn of treachery and murder. A finger of suspicion has been pointed toward his grandmother, the queen of the Ladysforest elves, and that suspicion has only intensified with time and the Lady's inexplicable behavior. Clearly, she is hiding something. But what? And why?

Meanwhile, in Tsaia, the young king Mikeli must grapple with unrest among his own nobility over his controversial decision to grant the title and estates of a traitorous magelord to a Verrakaien who not only possesses the forbidden magic but is a woman besides: Dorrin, once one of Kieri's most trusted captains. When renegade Verrakaien attack two of Dorrin's squires, suspicion and prejudice combine to place Dorrin's life at risk--and the king's claim to the throne in peril.

But even greater danger is looming.  The wild offspring of a dragon are on the loose, sowing death and destruction and upsetting the ancient balance of power between dragonkind, humans, elves, and gnomes. A collision seems inevitable. Yet when it comes, it will be utterly unexpected--and all the more devastating for it.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/Ballantine Books, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345508768
0345508769
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 451 p. : map ; 25 cm.

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CharlotteReads
Aug 04, 2016

This is a fun, easy read about the world of the Paladin Paksenarrion. It has all the classic fantasy elements: elves, dwarves, double crossings, mysteries & magery - all engaged in the fight between good & evil.

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Suzanne_Library
Sep 15, 2012

A wonderful return to the world of Paksenarrion and Kieri Phelan. My only complaint was that she didn't spend more time with Dorrin and the challenges of her role and her family of evil sorcerers. More! More!

Calmzone1 Mar 25, 2012

Couldn't put it down. Continuation of series. Very multi-character, multi-faceted storyline pulling readers merrily along - I am so glad she has finally returned to Paksenarrion's world. As always, wonderfully developed characters, vividly written world and plotlines you think you can follow - always with a twist :)

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